PHOTO CALL: Young Hollywood Stars

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Emily Graham-Handley and Sarah Niemietz are two of the young stars of Hollywood Arms — Niemietz plays Helen, the character based on Carol Burnett, when she is a young girl, while Graham-Handley plays Helen's younger sister Alice. With Graham-Handley is young recording artist Billy Gilman.

Hollywood Arms, scripted by Carol Burnett and her daughter Carrie Hamilton, is based on Burnett's memoirs. It tells the story of a determined young girl (nine-year-old Sarah Niemietz and later Donna Lynne Champlin) who strives for stardom despite her dreaming, but failing mother (Michele Pawk), her alcoholic father (Frank Wood) and the authoritarian grandmother (Linda Lavin) who loves her. Hollywood Arms premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre before transferring to the Cort Theatre Oct. 7.

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— By Christine Ehren

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